Looks like one of the atendees at the Muncy Library presentation was a journalist. We conducted this presentation on Oct 19th with the promise not to advertise on our website due to the crowd we drew last year. Still, we had a great turnout and I'd like to thank everyone who atttended.
To read the article online click this link:
HOPPS is now an official member of the Ghost Adventures Crew (GAC). You know these guys from the Travel Channel (Zak, Nick, and Aaron) who do the lockdowns and document their experiences for their show "Ghost Adventures". We received confirmation on Sept 27th, so we can list ourselves as members now and associate ourselves with them legally.
Keep in mind this does not change the group's fundamental policy of free investigations, nor does it mean we're trying to be on TV or anything of the sort. It's just us reaching out, networking with others as in the past, and trying to gain experience and knowledge from others.
We thank them for accepting us and hope to continue to meet a standard they recognize as being a professional group.
I will be continuing on with the group in a limited capacity. I had something happen this evening (8/19/2010, 3:45 am) that makes me believe I'm not finished. Simply two words spoken to me which freaked me out a bit (no one in the room and no TV or anything else on). I came downstars and typed those words on the internet to see how they may be related. The first thing to click on was a document (apparently photocopied from a book) from 1816. A message perhaps? Phrases within the document strike out at me directly .......the last sentence I read wais about an ale house that is haunted. ??A sign??
John's Orignal Message :
Thanks to all those who have given us support over the past two years. Unfortunately, I can no longer participate in this endeavor due to lack of time, money, health problems and interest as of late. The team may be continuing on without me, but as I'm sure this will be just as much a shock to them as anyone, I will no longer be ghost hunting. I have the answers I was looking for, having experienced a lot of crazy things the past few years. I'm leaving well enough alone and spending time with my grandson while he's little. Someone actually asked my why I spend my life chasing the dead, when it is inevitable I will know the answers in time. This struck me in a way I hadn't looked at before. If you're interested in having someone come to your home, I'm sure you can still email Laura or Crystal and set something up, but for me, I'm going back to living my life and not chasing ghosts.
Thanks again all,
Did you ever go ghost hunting and get pictures with strange colored eyes way back in the darkest areas of your flash pictures? I have seen eyeshine (basically the colors reflected from the eye) in many pictures groups have taken --some thinking they might be ghostly eyes. I haven't seen the eyes of a ghost up close and personal (if they even have eyes), but I have seen many eyes in the dark that may be hard to identify if you don't know what colors different animal's eyes reflect. I put together this chart to help in that matter. I got this from many web sources and did some research only to find there is not an all inclusive list to be had anywhere. Keep in mind, these are observed and reported colors of "eyeshine", and there may be many more associated with these animals. This is basically just a crutch to help you identify possible sources of your "glowing eye" pictures. Notice, red eyes seem to be mostly rodents and predators. I hope ghosts aren't predators for all our sake.
Type of Animal/ Insect
|Coyote||Green or Blue|
|Dog||Blue (rare), Green, Yellow|
|Fox||Bright White, blue, green|
|Great Horned Owl/most other owls||Red|
|Racoon||Bright Yellow, whiteish green|
|Orange or Red|
|Silver or White|
|White-tailed deer||Greenish-White, silver, white|
|Woodcock||Glowing Red Dots|
Well, I got some good news, the article about Allison's Grave will be in the Williamsport Sun Gazette this Sunday, Dec 12th. Check it out this coming Sunday! Once I get the article scanned, I'll post a link here to the article.
Journalist Jeff Federowicz, of the Webb Weekly (and several other local publications) wrote a very nice article about us after a question and answer session we conducted via email over the past three weeks. If you'd like to see his article, it has been moved from the Webb Weekly sight, but can be seen by clicking here Webb Weekly Article I appreciate the time Jeff put into this and the questions being a little different than I'm used to answering. Thanks for you time and effort, Jeff, our whole group appreciates the exposure and the time you took to recognize our efforts.
Update 21 Oct 09: Last night's turnout was tremendous. We had 32 people when I stopped counting and had to start the presentation, but more entered as we began. I want to thank all of those who attended for being courteous to us and the guests who attended and made room so we could all be included. I'm indeed humbled by all the attention given to our little group during the hour and forty-five minutes we held the presentation. I realize many of you may have hoped for more, or didn't know what to expect, but at the very least everyone stayed until the end. We didn't know what to expect either, so I prepared the slides as if it was something I would attend myself if given the opportunity. Hopefully of the views I expressed were not taken as personal attacks on any group, person, or personal belief. We merely presented our views and how we operate. We all understand there are other views on the topic, but since I did tell you more than once, "There are no experts" in this endeavor, I hope you understand I am no expert either and may be wrong about some of my views. There must be a foundation for any group to exist in harmony, and what was stated at the event was our basic foundation. Again, thank you all for attending and thanks for the email we received today. We hope you'll all join us at one of our public hunts so we can get to know you individually! Keep watching for updates!
Please note, the photographs on this ad were not taken by HOPPS. These were placed on the library flier, only as an example. HOPPS did not create this flyer in any way shape or form.
I was just checking some of my bookmarks and lo and behold I found out we're #18 most popular paranormal website on Alexa. We're in very good company here and hope to continue moving up the scale. I'm amazed with an official website only 10 months old how far we've climbed on the Alexa list. See for yourself!
I checked again today 9/25/09, and we're down to #25. Fairly fluid as we peaked at #17 just a week ago. Still and all, we're getting the message out.
Field Note: Be aware, your recorders can be affected by high EMF as well. Static, white noise, video and audio abberations are the norm near high electrical and magnetic output. You can attempt to lessen the effect using a Faraday Cage (UTube has many videos on building a simple, cheap, and portable cage), which effectively absorbs the energy in most cases and protects your equipment from being affected.
Keeping this in mind, an orb on your digital camera, or strange streaks, mists, etc. that you didn't see with the naked eye, could be EMF interference. Be aware there's a lot of science behind investigating and use it!
(WARNING: A leaking microwave door can allow microwaves to zap you or your equipment just as lighting or a static charge may jump between objects. Anyone attempting this does so at their own risk. Be sure your microwave is safe using an approved leak detector before attempting this experiment!) If you want to experiment with this at home to see how it works, simply microwave a cup of water, then put your recorder, digital camera, or video recorder close to the window while it is running. You should get interference lines, noises, etc. on what you recorded ......that's a very good approximation of what high EMF does to electronics.
Average magnetic field exposures for various types of workers (in milligauss*)
Type of worker Average daily exposures
(on the job) Median** Range
Clerical workers without computers 0.5 0.2 - 2.0
Clerical workers with computers 1.2 0.5 - 4.5
Machinists 1.9 0.6 - 27.6
Electric line workers 2.5 0.5 - 34.8
Electricians 5.4 0.8 - 34.0
Welders 8.2 1.7 - 96.0
Workers off the job (home, travel, etc.)
0.9 0.3 - 3.7
*Magnetic fields are often measured in gauss or milligauss (one thousandth of a gauss = 1 milligauss).
**The median is the middle measurement: half the workers have average daily exposures above this point and half below.
I just drove by the Muncy Cemetery today (May 30, 09) and noticed some no trespassing signs posted at every entrance. I stopped to take a look at what the notice beside them said and it reads "Visiting hours are from dawn till dusk." Well, there goes another one for us to work in. But understandably with all the vandalisms in cemeteries within the area, I don't blame them. If you want to hunt out the paranormal in this area, get permission if they'll grant it.
Local Newspaper Article: East Lycoming Shopper (click link)
Laura appears in ad (see left picture) with Steve Gonsalves for The Scarehouse haunted attraction scheduled for Oct 3, 2009.
The Ghost Hunters Return!
Millions of viewers regularly watch the Ghost Hunters investigate haunted houses and bizarre occurrences throughout the country. Now, for one night only, three stars of this paranormal phenomenon are coming back to Pittsburgh!